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Race and Ethnicity Overall

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Race and Ethnicity Overall

Minority-Majority Transition

A big story of the region is the minority-majority transition.  There will soon be a day when the majority of people will belong to a minority group (any group other than non-Hispanic White alone).  Much of this is attributed to the sizable increases in the number of Hispanics and Asians in the region.

Key Facts:

  • In 2000, Northern Virginia's minority population was 34.6%, which was fairly similar to Virginia and the United States, with the difference being 4 or 5 percentage points. 

  • In 2019, Northern Virginia was nearly minority-majority, with a minority population of 49.7%.  Northern Virginia's rate of increase of the minority population is much greater than the United States and Virginia.  The region is now 10 or 11 percentage points higher than Virginia and the United States.

  • From 2000 to 2010, 88 percent of the net population increase in Northern Virginia came from increases in minorities.  From 2010 to 2019, it was 92 percent.